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2 Henrico students to participate in White House event June 3

Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe will represent Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at the White House June 3, as part of the first harvest of the White House's Kitchen Garden. The program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.

Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, will be accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and will be joining approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady will greet the students, then they will harvest vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoy a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs. > Read more.

Cavs care


Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."

Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition. > Read more.

Henrico Fire earns national Congressional Fire Services Institute award


The Henrico County Division of Fire recently was selected from among fire departments across the United States to receive the 2015 Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. The award recognizes best-practices in emergency medical services. Representatives from Henrico County will receive the award April 16 during the annual CFSI Caucus Dinner in Washington DC.

The award recognizes the commitment of Henrico County in supporting Department of Defense missions. Henrico Fire regularly partners with a variety of DOD units including the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army and the Virginia National Guard. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of a retail outparcel situated at 11290 W. Broad Street in the Brookhollow Shopping Center in Henrico County. CFT Developments, LLC purchased the 1.18 acres from Target Corporation for $2,100,000 and plans to build a 6,000 square foot building to accommodate a Panda Express restaurant with drive-thru and retail space at this location. Planned opening is tentatively scheduled for November 2015. Connie Jordan Nielsen of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the buyer. > Read more.

Governor criticized for allowing more surveillance


A Democratic senator, a prominent Republican and civil libertarians are blasting Gov. Terry McAuliffe for amending a bill that would protect Virginia citizens from high-tech government surveillance.

Senate Bill 965, introduced by Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, aimed to protect citizens’ right to privacy. The bill would limit the ability of government agencies and their use of technology to collect and maintain personal information on individuals and organizations.

“Unless a criminal or administrative warrant has been issued, law-enforcement and regulatory agencies shall not use any surveillance technology to collect or maintain personal information where such data is of unknown relevance and is not intended for prompt evaluation and potential use respecting suspected criminal activity or terrorism by any individual or organization,” the bill stated. > Read more.

HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 16th year


Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education for the 16th year in a row. HCPS has received the designation from the National Association of Music Merchants in each of the 16 years the group has given the awards. Henrico is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 16 years.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students, parents and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students. > Read more.

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Community

‘Step UP for Down Syndrome’ festival scheduled for White Oak Village Oct. 12

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) will hold its seventh annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at The Shops at White Oak Village in Eastern Henrico.

The annual fundraiser, which attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised more than $100,000 last year, features a 5K run/walk and a newly expanded free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome. > Read more.

Long named Henrico Christmas Mother

The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Harriet Long, a retired math teacher from the Fairfield District, has been chosen as the 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother.

Long is married to Kenneth Long and has two sons and three grandsons. She is a product of Henrico schools, having attended Lakeside Elementary School and graduated from Hermitage High School. She attended Mary Washington College (now The University of Mary Washington) and received a B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. > Read more.

Ruritan Club presents awards

Members of Short Pump Ruritan Club and Henrico divisions of Police and Fire gathered at Short Pump Park last week for the Ruritans’ annual picnic. Club Vice President Bruce Brooks presented awards, donations and grants.

The organization annually honors a police officer and firefighter in recognition of their goodwill and service to the Short Pump community. This year's honorees were Firefighter Kevin Kump, a firefighter for more than 20 years, and police officer Sean Wickerham, a seven-year veteran of the division who works the Short Pump area on the overnight shift. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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